ABSTRACT

Wildland Fire Management: Actions by Federal Agencies and Congress Could Mitigate Rising Fire Costs and Their Effects on Other Agency Programs, Statement of Robin M. Nazzaro, Director Natural Resources and Environment, Testimony Before the Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, Committee on Appropriations, House of Representatives   [open pdf - 290KB]

"This testimony, based on previous [Government Accountability Office (GAO)] reports, discusses (1) the budgetary and programmatic effects of the increasing cost of fire management activities and (2) steps the agencies could take to help contain wildland fire expenditures and steps they could take, and Congress could consider, to reduce the need to transfer funds from other programs. GAO previously recommended that the Forest Service and Interior take several steps to help contain the rising costs of managing wildland fires and address the problems associated with transferring funds to fight fires. Although the agencies have made some progress, they have been slow to implement several key recommendations. GAO also previously identified alternative funding approaches Congress could consider, which could reduce the need to transfer funds from nonfire accounts. "

Report Number:
GAO-09-444T
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Date:
2009-04-01
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Public Domain
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